Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthAugust 16, 1897
Place of BirthLagorce, Ardeche
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinMr Victor Portier, father, Norman (Kenora), Ontario
Trade / CallingLabourer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Service Details
Regimental Number652276
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion160th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentNorman, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentSeptember 20, 1916
Age at Enlistment19
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMarch 5, 1979
Age at Death81
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
PlotRC B - 15 - 23

Portier, Victor

Victor Portier was born on 16 August 1897 in Lagorce, Ardeche, France. He immigrated to Canada with his parents Victor and Marie Justine (née Leydier) Portier and siblings Celina and Clement via New York in August of 1902. The family settled in Norman, a small community just west of Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. Other siblings born in Canada were Lucie, Armand, Yvonne Marie, George, Lucien, John, and Elise. The family eventually bought land to homestead  in nearby Jaffray and Melick township in 1918.

Having just turned 19 Victor Portier enlisted on 20 September 1916 in London, Ontario, occupation given as labourer. With the 160 Battalion he embarked from Halifax 12 October 1916 aboard the  Metagama. Once overseas Victor was first posted to the Western Ontario Regimental Depot at Witley and then to the Canadian Labour Pool at Bramshott. Private Victor Portier eventually served with the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF, following the breakup of the 160th Battalion in February of 1918. Suffering a  shrapnel wound  to the thigh on 15  August of 1918 he spent 5 days in a hospital in France and then was evacuated to England for treatment lasting 3 months. He embarked for Canada on 12 January 1919 and was admitted to the Manitoba Military Hospital in Tuxedo Park, Winnipeg on the 24th, hospitalization unrelated to leg wound. Private Victor Portier was discharged from service on 9 May 1919 in Winnipeg.

Victor returned to the Kenora area and married Margaret Harrington. Together they had  5 children as well as a daughter that had died in her first year of life: Mary (Delorme), Elaine (Halley), Jim, Evey Joseph Donald, and Loretta (McGee). He first worked at the Keewatin Sawmill and then found employment with the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company, retiring in August 1962. Victor died on 5 March 1979 and is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

by Judy Stockham